Pinpoint Weather: Slightly improved air quality today, still hazy and warm

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The wildfires are not going to stop any time soon, this year is continuing on a pace that is dangerously close to becoming the most active year ever. Currently there are 2.6 million acres burned this season, the most was 4.7 in 2017 followed by 3.6 in 2018. There are several months left in wildfire season that doesn’t really have a solid beginning and end anymore. My point is that I expect the smoky haze to continue as long as the jet stream is overhead. That is going to be the case over the next few days at least. The surface features, like fronts and rain will be our best chance to scour out the smoke.  The jet stream flattens out and migrates north late this weekend and into Monday, but returns overhead by the middle of next week.  Not much relief, but some.

As for the forecast, other than the smoke there isn’t much going on at the moment.  Temperatures are fairly normal for late July, spotty storms are likely to be around over the weekend then a bit of a hot streak next week with temps passing 90 starting Sunday and lasting until at least late in the work week.

Monday will bring the best chance for some widespread rain as a wave of energy moves through the Commonwealth.  This appears to be a one and done as dry and hot weather returns following the rain. Tuesday will be hot and muggy and a stray shower may arrive on Wednesday followed by more heat and humidity Thursday.

The moon will be full tomorrow night and the nickname is the Full Buck Moon. This is the time of year that antlers start to sprout on the male deer as they prepare for the rutting season.  It is also nicknamed the Full Thunder Moon based on the storms this time of year. The moon will be full on Thursday night at 10:37 pm.

Our drought report is out, we maintain the “abnormally dry” category and it has increased in area.

Tropics are quiet but a complex over Alabama may drift over the western Atlantic and increase in intensity. Watching it but not expecting much at this time.

Stay safe everyone.

John Carroll
Chief Meteorologist

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